MEREDITH — A Lempster, Mass. man, who allegedly fired two shots through the screen door of an occupied home on Corliss Hill Road on Sunday morning, is being held in the Belknap County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bail following his arraignment Monday in 4th Circuit Court-Laconia Division.
Jesse Lohman, 33, of 137 Charlestown Turnpike Road, Lempster is charged with reckless conduct, being a felon in possession of firearm and receiving stolen property — all felonies.
According to police, Lohman, driving a black Toyota Rav4, appeared at 42 Corliss Hill Road, the home of Thomas and Janice Joslin, shortly before 10 a.m. on Sunday. When Joslin answered the door, Lohman said that he was looking for a woman named Cassandra. When Joslin told him he had come to the wrong house, he returned to the Rav4. Joslin, who had stepped outside, told police that he went back into the house, looked out a window and saw Joslin toss a knife from the vehicle then raise a handgun, aim toward the house and fire twice through the screen door. Joslin and his wife took cover and called 911.
By the time police arrived, the Joslins had fled from their home and hidden in a barn across the street. Officers found Lohman between the Joslins' home and a detached garage He then walked to the Rav4 parked in the driveway. In his affidavit Lieutenant Keith True described Lohman as apparently "agitated, throwing his hands in the air and carrying on." He got into the car, appeared to look for something then got out and stood in front of it. Officer Philip McLaughlin, armed with a rifle and behind cover, ordered Lohman to the ground. He complied and was taken into custody without incident.
Lohman was in possession of one live round, a holster and a hypodermic needle containing what police suspected was methamphetamine. A backpack on the ground near the Rav4 was found to contain magazines and loose rounds for a Glock 9 mm. handgun, which along with two knives were taken as evidence. Police subsequently learned that the Rav4 was stolen from the Circle K store in New Hampton.
When questioned police said Lohman "was agitated at times and acted paranoid at other times." He admitted he was a drug addict as well as a member of Brothers of White Warriors, a prison-based gang. But, he refused to answer questions to to explain his behavior.
Lohman has an extensive criminal history, including a conviction for burglary, a felony, for which he was sentenced to one to seven years in New Hampshire State Prison in 2000. He is scheduled to appear in 4th Circuit Court for a probable cause hearing on August 4.
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